By: Joe Graedon August 6, 2018 42 Comments
    Will Opioid Crackdown Leave Cancer Patients In P…

    Far too many people are dying from opioid overdoses. You already knew that. It’s been in the news for years. Many of the deaths are due to fentanyl. This synthetic opioid has become widely available…

    By: Terry Graedon August 6, 2018 16 Comments
    What Are the Advantages of Voltaren Gel?

    Inflammation is behind a lot of chronic disease, including arthritis. That is why nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen are so popular among people with joint pain.…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 6, 2018 4 Comments
    Will Aromas Help You Avoid Motion Sickness?

    Plenty of people get seasick on a boat or carsick in a vehicle. There are medications that can help folks avoid motion sickness, but some individuals find that these drugs can lead to confusion or oth…

    By: The People's Pharmacy August 6, 2018 26 Comments
    Solutions to Stop Suffering from Poison Ivy

    Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are wild plants that thrive in many wooded parts of this country. They all produce a compound called urushiol. People who get this chemical on their skin frequ…

    By: Terry Graedon August 6, 2018 4 Comments
    Can You Solve Your Foot Odor Problem with Vinega…

    Do you have smelly feet? Many people are embarrassed to take off their shoes because of the resulting odor. You might be looking for a way to solve your foot odor problem with home remedies. Readers h…

    By: Terry Graedon August 6, 2018 4 Comments
    How to Use Olive Oil to Overcome Lice

    Head lice are not particularly dangerous, but they are extremely unpleasant. When they persist despite multiple treatments, people may become very frustrated. Some parents are concerned about having t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2018 24 Comments
    Valsartan Recall Update: How Big Is The Problem?

    By now you have read a lot about the valsartan recall. Many lots of the common blood pressure pill, valsartan, have been recalled. Initially, the FDA issued recalls for valsartan from just three manuf…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2018 63 Comments
    Show 1131: Was Your Medicine Made in China?

    Do you know where your medicines come from? It can actually be something of a challenge to find out, because unlike shirts or apples, drugs do not have to be labeled with country of origin. As it turn…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2018 49 Comments
    Do Statins Cause Myositis? A Devastating Muscle …

    For years we have been receiving tragic stories from readers of our syndicated newspaper column and visitors to our website. They reported a debilitating myositis muscle condition after taking statins…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh August 2, 2018 32 Comments
    Why We Can’t Just Slap a Label on It

    “Don’t you just have to slap a label on it?” Pharmacists around the country hear the same thing, all day, every day. I know this because I am in several pharmacist groups on Facebook, each with …

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2018 3 Comments
    Will a Mediterranean Diet Help Your Psoriasis?

    Following a Mediterranean style diet with lots of vegetables, extra-virgin olive oil, whole grains and fruit is good for your heart and your metabolism. Now a French study suggests this way of eating …

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2018 5 Comments
    How Are Vitamin D and Rheumatoid Arthritis Linke…

    Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) is essential for good health. Human beings can make this hormone when skin is exposed to sunlight. In addition, vitamin D is found in a few foods: oily fish (and espec…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2018 6 Comments
    Chinese-Made Vaccines Caught in Scandal

    Chinese manufacturers are embroiled in a domestic scandal. Regulators in China have discovered serious problems with vaccine production. What Is the Chinese Vaccine Scandal? At least two companies hav…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 33 Comments
    Pharmacist Wouldn’t Take Back Recalled Valsart…

    On July 5, 2018 the European Medicines Agency announced a recall of a generic blood pressure medicine called valsartan (Diovan). The active ingredient in some generic formulations was apparently conta…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 24 Comments
    Allergy Symptoms? | NasalCrom to the Rescue!

    Ask most people what works best to calm allergy symptoms and you are likely to hear about antihistamines or corticosteroid nasal sprays. That’s hardly surprising. If you’ve watched any TV at all t…

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 29 Comments
    Pharmacists Attitudes Towards Side Effects

    What do you know about the side effects of the pills you take? We often urge readers to consult their pharmacists, who may be more knowledgeable than other health care professionals. Dennis Miller, RP…

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 25 Comments
    Soap Under the Sheet Can Prevent Nocturnal Leg C…

    Nocturnal leg cramps really get in the way of a good night's sleep. You might be sound asleep, possibly even dreaming, and bam! You wake up with a horrible charlie horse or, even worse, an iron-hard m…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 21 Comments
    A Deadly Clindamycin Side Effect | Wicked Diarrh…

    Over 5 millions prescriptions for the antibiotic clindamycin (Cleocin) are dispensed each year. This antibiotic has been available for almost 50 years. It is effective against a wide range of nasty ba…

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 8 Comments
    What Can You Do About Chronic Hiccups?

    Most people think of hiccups as a minor annoyance. They normally last a few minutes and disappear as suddenly and mysteriously as they arrive. But some people experience chronic hiccups that last for …

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 11 Comments
    How to Prepare No-Gas Beans

    You may have heard about the benefits of dietary fiber, but such diets have one drawback: flatulence. That's why our readers get excited about no-gas beans. How Fiber Helps the Heart: People who consu…

    By: Terry Graedon July 30, 2018 14 Comments
    Can You Stop Being Tired All the Time?

    There are too many possible causes of fatigue to offer a one-size-fits-all solution. Anemia due to inadequate iron or lack of B vitamins can make people feel worn out. So can many serious health probl…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2018 58 Comments
    Doctors Interrupt Patients Within 11 Seconds: Wo…

    Doctors are impatient. We understand why. They are being pushed by office managers to see more patients in less time. That means they often feel like hamsters on a treadmill. In fact, some physicians …

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2018 20 Comments
    Synthetic Cannabinoid (Nabilone) vs. Antipsychot…

    People with Alzheimer’s disease frequently become distressed and agitated. Nursing homes may try to control this behavior with antipsychotic drugs such as aripiprazole (Abilify), haloperidol (Haldol…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2018 18 Comments
    Show 1130: Exploring the Hard Science of Self-He…

    Have you ever thought of your body as a machine and the doctor as its mechanic? It’s a common metaphor, but one that can get us into a lot of trouble. Machines can’t heal themselves, but our bodie…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2018 3 Comments
    New Drug to Ease Pain of Endometriosis

    Endometriosis makes women miserable. In this condition, tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) escapes and proliferates elsewhere in the pelvic cavity. This problem affects as many…

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Extra Vegetables Protect You Against Breast…

    Your mother was right when she urged you to eat your vegetables. And if she took her own advice and consumed extra vegetables, she was lowering her own risk of breast cancer. What Is the Value of Extr…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2018 5 Comments
    How You Can Measure Brain Function at Home

    Testing brain function is complicated. If you want to know how well your brain is working you generally need to visit a neurologist, undergo a battery of expensive tests and maybe even have a CT scan …

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2018 4 Comments
    Can an Antidepressant Help after a Cardiac Event…

    A cardiac event is a frightening occurrence, and it increases the likelihood of further cardiovascular complications. Is there a way to reduce that risk? The antidepressant escitalopram, sold under th…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2018 25 Comments
    How Well Do Sunscreens Work to Prevent Skin Canc…

    We have all been told countless times to smear on the sunscreen! The Australians even had a slogan: “Slip! Slop! Slap!” It was part of a 1981 health campaign to: “Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscr…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 20 Comments
    Rosuvastatin Linked to High Blood Sugar

    Statin medications are used to lower cholesterol because that is considered a pillar of lowering the risk for a heart attack. While people likely to suffer a heart attack generally welcome the protect…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh July 23, 2018 112 Comments
    How Would You Manage This Ethical Question?

    Imagine you go to your local pharmacy, like so many people do every day. You hand your prescription to a pharmacy staff member, wait a period of time, and leave with your prescription in hand. This ha…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2018 15 Comments
    Can You Trust HOT Mail-Order Medicines?

    Everyone is trying to save money…especially the companies that supply medications to patients. Some insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers encourage people to obtain their prescriptions t…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 10 Comments
    Can Castor Oil Clear Your Toenail Fungus?

    What can you do to get rid of your toenail fungus? Many readers have wrestled with that question, and some have discovered ingenious solutions. Here is one we hadn't encountered before. Castor Oil to …

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 1 Comments
    How to Fight Lice with Cetaphil Cleanser

    Nobody likes lice. Unlike other unpopular biting bugs such as fleas and mosquitoes, lice don't carry dangerous diseases. But they have become resistant to many of the compounds that were once effectiv…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2018 46 Comments
    People in Pain Are in Misery Because of the War …

    Deaths from opioid overdoses have been surging. The CDC reports that fentanyl and its chemical cousins are increasingly responsible for the dramatic increase in casualties (CDC Health Alert Network, J…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 5 Comments
    Can You Use Almonds to Stop Heartburn?

    Heartburn may seem like a recent problem, but in fact, people have been struggling with indigestion for as far back as medical history reaches and probably beyond. Hippocrates wrote about it more than…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 70 Comments
    Worrisome Implications of Valsartan Recall Over …

    On July 15, 2018 we issued a People’s Pharmacy Health Alert: Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills Recalled Over Cancer Concerns. We tried to provide you, our faithful readers, the story behind the headlin…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 21 Comments
    Beware Unnecessary Antibiotics from Urgent Care …

    Have you ever visited an urgent care center or a retail clinic (like those found in some pharmacies)? Getting a quick doctor’s appointment during flu season can be challenging. It may take a week or…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 23 Comments
    Should You Take Probiotics with Antibiotics? New…

    Health professionals in the U.S. have been slow to embrace probiotics. European doctors have been recommending probiotics with antibiotics for a long time. For reasons that puzzle us, American physici…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 28 Comments
    Can You Get A Good Night’s Sleep in the Hospit…

    Seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Get a good night’s sleep in the hospital? Who are we kidding? New research from the Netherlands confirms that patients lose a lot of sleep when they are hospita…